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by Daniel Mytens Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, 1627
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
- Daniel Mytens (1590-1647), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 52 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
The painter Daniel Mytens continued in royal service when Charles I succeeded his father. This portrait of Porter shows him aged 40 and is the earliest extent depiction of him.
The Five Knights Case. Judge, Sir John Bramston represents two of the 'knights', Sir Thomas Darnell and Sir John Havingham who refused to pay the forced loan imposed by Charles I. Bramston's application for a writ of habeas corpus was unsuccessful and the defendants remained imprisoned without trial.
Art and science
The tragicomedy, The Great Duke of Florence
by playwright Philip Massinger, is licensed by Sir Henry Herbert, Master of the Revels, to be performed by the queen's company at the Cockpit Theatre. The play is considered one of Massinger's best dramas.
Charles I sends forces commanded by George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, to assist starving Huguenots rebels of La Rochelle, besieged by French king, Louis XIII's army. Villiers attempts to capture the French Atlantic fort of Île de Rhé, near Rochelle, but is forced to evacuate the island after three months.